Don't Abandon Pets in Disasters
Rescue animals stranded by Katrina, and don't let animals be forgotten again!
Sign this petition to support The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS Act, H.R. 3858), currently in Congress, that will protect pets in federal evacuation plans, and urge officials to save currently stranded pets.
Some Hurricane Katrina victims refused to leave home because they couldn't take their animals with them, resulting in even more casualties.
Furthermore, the Humane Society of the United States believes that while more than 7,000 animals have been saved in Mississippi and Louisiana, hundreds more may still be in need of rescue more than a month after Katrina hit. Pressure is still needed to save these animals, and a formal policy is needed to protect pets in future disasters, like Hurricane Rita.
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Federal disaster grants to state and local governments should include plans to protect pets in their evacuation plans.
Please support The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS Act, H.R. 3858), sponsored by Reps. Tom Lantos, Christopher Shays, Barney Frank, Don Young and James Oberstar. This new bill would require that the state and local disaster preparedness plans required for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding include provisions that will protect household pets and service animals.
In addition, please send immediate aide to save the animals stranded by Hurricane Katrina. Already, animal protection groups are working overtime to save the animals they can, but they need more help. Please help families who lost nearly everything in the hurricane be reunited with their beloved animals.